SAN FRANCISCO -- Buster Posey, who contributed mightily to ending the Giants' World Series drought, broke another prolonged spell by himself Monday when the catcher was named the National League's Rookie of the Year.Posey became the first Giant to earn the honor since right-hander John Montefusco received it in 1975. San Francisco's 35-year gap without a rookie award winner was the longest among all NL teams. Posey also was the first Giants position player to secure the honor since left fielder Gary Matthews did so in 1973. Interestingly, San Francisco's World Series rival, the Texas Rangers, owned the Major Leagues' longest Rookie of the Year drought of 36 years before closer Neftali Feliz won the award in the American League.
Posey's triumph thus mirrored the success of the Giants, who ended baseball's third-longest hiatus without a championship by capturing the World Series for the first time since 1954.
|Buster Posey, SF||20||9||2||129|
|Jason Heyward, ATL||9||20||2||107|
|Jaime Garcia, STL||1||1||16||24|
|Gaby Sanchez, FLA||2||1||5||18|
|Neil Walker, PIT||1||3|
|Starlin Castro, CHC||3||3|
|Ike Davis, NYM||2||2|
|Jose Tabata, PIT||1||1|
|Jonny Venters, ATL||1||1|
"I think I could list a lot more," Posey said.Ultimately, Posey eclipsed his rivals with a combination of offensive prowess, defensive skill and involvement with a winning club. "What Buster did handling the pitching staff, handling himself and hitting in the heart of the order shows you what a tremendous kid he is," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "It wasn't an easy task we put in front of him. But he's so strong mentally that nothing fazed him." "For me," said manager Steve Decker of Triple-A Fresno, where Posey opened the season, "I think he's almost an MVP." In balloting conducted by two members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America in each league city, Posey was named first on 20 of the 32 ballots cast, second on nine and third on two. He finished with 129 points, based on the 5-3-1 tabulation system. "This is an exciting day for Buster and his family, the Giants organization and for our fans everywhere," Giants managing general partner Bill Neukom said in a statement. "Buster's performance and presence played a tremendous role in the success of the Giants in 2010." Heyward, widely favored to win the award through much of the season, finished second while garnering nine first-place votes, 20 second-place votes and two third-place votes for 107 points. Just five years ago, he and Posey opposed each other in a Georgia state high school championship game.
al rookie of the year voting
|Neftali Feliz, TEX||20||7||1||122|
|Austin Jackson, DET||8||19||1||98|
|Danny Valencia, MIN||1||9||12|
|Wade Davis, TB||11||11|
|John Jaso, TB||1||3|
|Brennan Boesch, DET||3||3|
|Brian Matusz, BAL||3||3|
Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.